Monday, February 21, 2011

Laziness, Exercise and the Health of the Union

Judging by the obesity rates, Americans are increasingly becoming more sluggish these days. A new study suggests that adults in Appalachia and a handful of Southern states are less likely to be active if there isn't a real need to move.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated activity levels in every U.S. county using data from 2004 to 2008. The report found that residents in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Oklahoma are least likely to exercise in their leisure time than people living elsewhere.

The country's most active residents live on the West Coast, Colorado, Minnesota and parts of the Northeast.

What's the driving force behind the study? The areas with the highest levels of obesity and diagnosed diabetes were also the most inactive.

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